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Just some lighted spheres I found last year. Just the right amount of light. Think they have around 75 to 100 minis in each.

ah, that makes sense, the minis really do a nice job. Probably gives a nice glow and not overpower like a big flood might.

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Pretty pleased with the way it turned out.

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kind of hard to see, the lanterns on either side have the 7watt flicker bulbs so it looks like they are burning.

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Very - Very Nice - Is the Joseph and Mary Mannequins?  if so, which ones did you get?  What style I am looking for some to do the same thing but I am in the dark on which ones to get.  I figure they need to be flexible in some way.

 

Thanks

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Where do you guys find these large pieces at? I've tried finding them before but either came up with low quality ones or ones that cost hundreds of dollars. :|

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I got mine at Sam's in 2006 and it was 800.00.  It was a one time buy for Sam's who labeled it as a Members Mark product so there is no mfg name on it.  It must be very popular because a lady in Rode Island offered me 2500.00 for it plus was willing to pay 400.00 for the shipping cost. It was tempting, but I had to decline.  I've seen one a Hobby Lobby with a few more pieces and only 30" tall for 1000.00, and I believe it was made out of the same casting material.

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They had that same scene one time at old time pottery at a good price and my wife and I did not buy it - we thought it would go on sale after Christmas - dumd huh?

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I picked up the Hobby Lobby one after Christmas last year (or was that this year? ;)  I think it is a 36" set) so this season will be it's first on display.  Do you do anything special to anchor them?  Mine are hollow, but the bottom is closed except for may a 1/4" hole here or there. I'm in the Chicago area and we can have some pretty windy weather in the winter and as heavy as they are, I'm pretty sure the right wind gust and I (or a wise man) could have a broken arm or something.  If I did do something to anchor them, I would want it to not be obvious or intrusive.  My tentaive plans are to have them positioned on a low platform as opposed to directly on the ground.  I think the platform will provide a nice flat surface with more stability than the uneven ground.  Plus it will allow me to locate the nativity in a better spot.

 

Some thoughts are: 

  • Drill a 1/2" hole or so in the bottom and slide them over a piece of rebar/stake/pole.  This would be simple and keep them from completely tipping (probably).  However, they could still be blown to an awkward stance (partially blown over).  And it might not work as well on the platform.
  • Mount something like a plywood plate on the bottom that is slightly larger than the base of the piece which I could then screw or stake down through the oversized plate wherever I wanted, and it wouldn't damage the piece.  This could work whether the pieces were on a platform or on the ground.
  • Hope that any stable I prepare will protect them from wind gusts :mellow:

Some of these may be better than others or in reality, I'm sure some of you have much better solutions to this concern.  I'm probably over thinking this, but when I saw this thread, I couldn't help but ask.

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First question: If they are hollow, what are they made of. Plaster, plastic or concrete?  Mine are 36" at the tallest figurine but they're solid plaster and each one weighs about 40 or 50 lbs. It would have to be an F3 tornado to move these.  If they are hollow I would try to find a way to fill them with sand or maybe even buckshot.  Sand is cheeper and a smaller particle and as big as they are I'm sure that would add 15 possibly 20 ils to each one.

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They are hollow resin.  They aren't as heavy as solid plaster, but they are heavier than blowmolds.  They're probably 10-15 pounds, maybe 20 for the large standing pieces.  I think these would still blow over in a storm.  I'll give some thought to the adding weight idea.  Though if I'm opening them up to add weight, I may be able to insert some hardware for an anchor of some sort.  I'll have to pull them down and look more carefully at the base of each one.  Thanks!

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